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amphimacer

[am-fim-uh-ser] /æmˈfɪm ə sər/
noun, Prosody
1.
a trisyllabic foot, the arrangement of the syllables of which is long, short, long in quantitative meter, or stressed, unstressed, stressed in accentual meter, as anodyne, an accentual amphimacer.
Also called cretic [kree-tik] /ˈkri tɪk/ (Show IPA).
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin amphimacrus < Greek amphímakros long at both ends. See amphi-, macro-; cf. amphibrach
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British Dictionary definitions for cretic

cretic

/ˈkriːtɪk/
noun
1.
(prosody) a metrical foot consisting of three syllables, the first long, the second short, and the third long (– ◡ –) Also called amphimacer Compare amphibrach
Word Origin
C16: from Latin crēticus consisting of the amphimacer, literally: Cretan, from Greek krētikos, from KrētēCrete

amphimacer

/æmˈfɪməsə/
noun
1.
(prosody) another word for cretic
Word Origin
C16: from Latin amphimacrus, from Greek amphimakros both ends being long, from amphi- + makros long
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